Alex Sandro playing for Porto
|Full name||Alex Sandro Lobo Silva|
|Date of birth||26 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Catanduva, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Santos (loan)||30||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2017
Alex Sandro Lobo Silva, or simply Alex Sandro (born 26 January 1991), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Italian club Juventus and the Brazil national team. A quick, energetic and offensive minded defender who is also a strong tackler and a good reader of the game, Alex Sandro is capable of playing anywhere along the left flank; he has also been used as a wing-back and as a wide midfielder. He has been described as a player who is a "powerful runner, can beat opponents one-on-one and is an excellent crosser of the ball". His playing position, athleticism, and playing style have drawn comparisons with compatriot and 2002 FIFA World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos.
At club level, Alex Sandro began his career with Atletico Paranaense, and later also played for Santos on loan. In 2011, he joined Porto for €9.6 million, alongside teammate and countryman Danilo, who plays as a right back. He joined Juventus in 2015, winning the domestic double in his first two seasons.
At international level, Alex Sandro also plays for the Brazil national football team, for which he has gained 10 caps so far. At youth level, he also represented the Brazil national under-20 football team, winning both the South American Youth Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011, as well as the Brazil national under-23 football team, with which he won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
After winning an impressive amount of honours with the Atletico Paranaense youth setup and a very good performance in the Copa Parana with the U23 side, Alex Sandro earned his first call up to the senior side in October 2008. He played one game in the Brasileiro, taking on Internacional on 18 October.
In 2009, Alex Sandro played a role in Atletico's championship run in the Campeonato Paranaense, playing in eight matches. He scored his first goal on 25 January against Rio Branco, passing the ball to himself around the keeper. As of October 2009, he has played in nine Brasileiro matches, playing a total of 269 minutes.
Alex Sandro was signed by Santos in 2010 on a two-year loan deal. Atletico Paranaense sold him to the investors, using Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado as a proxy to hold the registration rights. According to Atletico Paranaense's 2010 financial report, the club received R$1,114,000 from Deportivo Maldonado for transaction(s) of unnamed player(s).
On 23 July 2011, Portuguese Primeira Liga club Porto signed Alex Sandro for €9.6 million from the proxy club Deportivo Maldonado. He signed a five-year contract with a release clause of €50 million.
On 20 August 2015, Alex Sandro joined Italian Serie A champions Juventus for €26 million on a five-year contract. He made his club debut on 12 September 2015 in a 1–1 home draw against Chievo in Serie A. Defending champions Juventus endured a difficult start to the season, and were in the bottom half of the table by late October. The club mounted a comeback that started with a last-gasp Turin derby win on 31 October, with the Brazilian left-back playing a key role in that upturn.
On 21 November 2015, Sandro assisted Paulo Dybala with a cross, helping Juventus beat rivals Milan 1–0 in Serie A. Four days later, on 25 November, he assisted another winning goal, for Mario Mandžukić, in a 1–0 home win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League to secure the club a spot in the round of 16 of the competition. On 17 January 2016, Alex Sandro scored his first Juventus goal – and his first in Serie A – from the top of the 18-yard box in the 42nd minute of a 4–0 away win over Udinese.
On 17 February, it was confirmed Alex Sandro would be sidelined for ten days after he picked up an injury to his rectus femoris muscle in his left thigh during training at the Juventus Center the day before, forcing him to miss out on the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on 23 February against Bayern Munich. He returned for the second leg in Munich, where he could not prevent his team's elimination despite putting on a strong individual performance.
The Brazilian completed his first season in Turin winning a Serie A–Coppa Italia double. He came on as a substitute for Patrice Evra in the Coppa Italia final against Milan at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, which was decided by an Álvaro Morata lone goal in extra time.
Despite scoring an own goal in a 3–1 away defeat to Genoa, Alex Sandro carried his form of the previous season into the new one. A series of impressive performances saw him displace incumbent Patrice Evra from the starting left back role. The Frenchman eventually moved to Marseille in January 2017.
Alex Sandro completed the season with 43 appearances across competitions, 11 more than the previous year. That made him one of the most frequently used players by coach Massimiliano Allegri. The Brazilian further improved his goalscoring statistics, too, netting 3 times in the league as Juventus completed a third successive league and cup double.
The one trophy that evaded Alex Sandro was the UEFA Champions League, which saw his side lose 4–1 in the final to holders Real Madrid in Cardiff. Sandro played a key role in Mario Mandžukić's temporary equaliser in the first half, supplying the cross that was chested down to the Croatian by Higuain. In the second half, however, Sandro's and his teammates' performances were less convincing, and one of Sandro's mistakes led to a goal from his former Brazil Under 20 and Porto colleague Casemiro.
Prior to the final he had played a vital role in the Bianconeri's run, especially in the quarter-finals against Barcelona, where excellent defensive performances helped to neutralise the attacking threat of Lionel Messi, and enabled Juventus to keep clean sheets across both legs of the tie.
Alex Sandro is a part of the golden Atlético Paranaense youth setup, which has produced a great amount of defenders in very little time, with Raul, Manoel, Ronaldo Alves, Carlão and Bruno Costa all making themselves known in 2009. After being a part of the Brazil under-18 setup, Alex Sandro was called-up to the under-20 side in August 2009, alongside teammates Raul, Renan Foguinho and Gabriel Pimba. He made his debut in a friendly match at 18 years of age. He was a member of the teams that won the 2011 South American Youth Championship in Peru, as well as the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, also featuring in the final of the tournament against Portugal, which Brazil won 3–2 in extra-time. He also represented the Brazil under-23 side, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he made 3 appearances, including one in the final against Mexico, in which Brazil was defeated 2–1.
- As of 18 February 2018
|Atlético Paranaense||2008||Série A||1||0||0||0||–||0||0||1||0|
- All appearance(s) in Campeonato Paranaense
- All appearance(s) in Campeonato Paulista
- All appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
- All appearance(s) in Taça da Liga
- All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Five matches in UEFA Europa League, five matches in UEFA Champions League
- One appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, four appearances in Taça da Liga
- All appearance(s) in Supercoppa Italiana
- As of 10 November 2017
|Brazil national team|
- Serie A (2): 2015–16, 2016–17
- Coppa Italia (2): 2015–16, 2016–17
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2016–17
- South American Youth Championship: 2011
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2011
- Summer Olympic Games: Silver medal 2012
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